Friday, February 27, 2009

Procrastination !!

This arrived in my inbox from a de-cluttering company here in Adelaide.

I love it - I have been guilty since a teenager and at the moment it is taking its toll....BIG TIME !!!!
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Tips for overcoming procrastination


Procrastination can be a minor inconvenience or it can have a crippling effect. Understanding the reasoning behind it helps a great deal in overcoming it. Here are some reasons why we procrastinate and some strategies to help:
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the task:
  • Break the task down into 'next actions'. Think about the very first thing you need to do and commit to just doing that.
  • Use a timer and commit to a short amount of time to begin with (such as 5 minutes).

If you don't know where to start:

  • Pretend you're delegating it. What would you tell someone else what it is that needs to be done first?
  • Ask the person who delegated it to you what they think the first step could be. Asking for advice is infinitely better than putting it off until it's too late.
If you know the task will be unpleasant or difficult:
  • Use a timer - if you know it will be only 5 minutes of unpleasantness you'll be more likely to get started
  • Set yourself rewards for reaching milestones
  • Don't wait or over-analyse; just do it
If you're lacking the confidence that you can do it:
  • Just give it a try; you could be underrating yourself. You only fail if you never try.
  • Are you lacking the skills or knowledge? Look for ways to resolve that.
  • Analyse if it's part of your goals and strike it off your list altogether if it's not

You don't think you have time to do it properly so you'd rather not try:

  • Relax your standards. Don't let perfectionism stymie you.
  • Set a timer for however long you have and do as much as you can in that time.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

A fun day for a change


No I havent been feeding the kids to the sharks.....this is an odd little b&b on the foreshore at Glenelg....it used to pride itself on its spa-baths now its turned into quite an interesting spectacle...

Took the kids out for the day - yes you can hear the cash registers going c'ching$$$ - but it wasnt too bad. Caught the tram to Glenelg - had vouchers for a free trip on the Big Wheel - it was pretty slow, but a peaceful experience - although James said he didnt enjoy it! Loves the tram ride though - maybe we could just go up and down city/Glenelg on it - like a progressive dinner. (from Maccas to Maccas!)
James did find something that he enjoyed...but eventually the noise got to us all...

Called into the Interstate Train terminal on the way home, to collect some brochures, and just as we sat down for (another) coffee.... the Indian Pacific pulled in....what a treat, then one of the kind workers offered us a peek at one of the new Gold Class carriages...

It was at this point the little guy lost it a bit - too much for one day I feared..

Anyway - we all had a great day....even hubby who was on a fishing club outing - returning with Whiting for tomorrow night's dinner!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Frustrated....

Everyone is home today....the TV blaring despite my attempts to have it off - kids chased flies for about 15 mins, now the TV is back on - damn you Nickelodeon !

Kids keep asking for stuff.....they have so much stuff in their rooms to play with, I dont get it (actually I do - they want me to play with them) Why don't I want to?

Might have to turn cleaning up their rooms into a 'game' I can play with them - and disable the bloody Foxtel! (which was actually my saviour during the holidays so I should stop whinging)

Had a lovely night last night - no work - always a good situation on a Friday night (normally dont get home until after 2am when I do work!)

23yo stepson came over and we chatted, ate and played games with the kids...

Had another "Spoooky" moment yesterday - that is 3 days in a row - turned on car radio to hear natural medicine guy discussing a foot complaint hubby had seen the doc about the previous day - recommended muscle relaxant type drugs - so passed this info onto hubby.,..

Good day yesterday too - slipped into lakeside pub for a quick 'free' cuppa - ended up winning a $65 jackpot, then $10 on the one next door (Mind you then lost a bit of it on that stupide Indian Dreaming machine! - I dont know why I perservere with that one)

Anyway stayed on to have lunch there - still trying to upload photos from my phone - a job in itself I can tell you. Then did the shopping - at Woolies - without my Flybuys card - to support the Farmers.....that was what I went there for....oopsie.... anyway the shopping trip had a lovely twist (until I reversed into a shopping trolley - lucky for the tow bar is all I can say)

Back to finding the photos on the 'wonder phone' be back later......cheers....

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How Spooky !

Went into the petrol stations the other morning (1am) police car doing an interview.....later that morning put gas in the other car (9am) and low and behold - 3 siren blaring police cars pull in - false holdup alarm....

Today I saw a sprinkler going (my kids havent had much to do with sprinklers - or rain for that matter) anyways....I was mystified by it - how dare they - then I saw a shed close to front of the house - I could only assume it was housing a bore water pump...

Then I turn on my favourite talk back radio gal - she had the same experience....

2 spookies in 2 days...

Its nice to see lots of old bigbloggies here - what a lovely place it is!!!

As for my facebook post - well turns out I had set to friends AND network to view - the network being AUSTRALIA - so no wonder !

Monday, February 16, 2009

O M Gosh !!!!!

We all do it on occasions - its ok to admit it!

Just googled someone who recently passed away and up came a Facebook 'hit'....

So I googled myself - not on the "Australia" tab and was shocked what came up....


Kim Hoskin - Australia | Facebook


Kim Hoskin (Australia) is on Facebook. Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook ...
www.facebook.com/people/Kim-Hoskin/572380664 - 23k - Cached - Similar pages -


It was about the fifth link and it showed a summary of some of my friends, and other info....

I'm gob-smacked.... (and a little worried)

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Blogging to the video clip of "Run to Paradise" by the Choir Boys....showing my age ... Hey ! BIG Saturday night in ! The Sex in the City marathon being over, and eventually getting sick of muting all the potential 'F" words from my daughter, switched over to Max - started with a bit of Blondie, now have had to crank it up.....no alcohol either!!!

Anyway, as you can see overdid the bubbles in the new spa bath the other day - hubby didnt know what to do with them - so scooped them into the most obvious place!!!


Someone else is enjoying the new bath too....

Managed to make 2, yes TWO things out of the Super Food Ideas mag - the Veal on the inside cover AND (due to a glut of frozen raspberries) a raspberry cheesecake slice - that said Milk Chocolate which I (incorrectly) assumed was going into the chocky bikky crust....think it was meant to be White chocky but takes ok anyway.....

V-Day - hubby took me out for brekky Friday morning, presenting me with a very heartfelt (love) letter which was nice, better than anything he could buy - even though the paper cost him a fortune! He proposed 14 years ago on Valentines Day - picking me up in a Limo, taking me to the Hyatt for dinner where the ring came into play!!! Stayed the night there, too excited to sleep - all the talk was around the honeymoon - which is, of course, the most important part of the exercise.

It did involve fishing though, but given that we were by then in the Whitsundays, sleeping under the stars in a boat, I was willing to overlook it....

Happy V Day to all......

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Inside my brain ?!*


As I have said before I can't say too much over at Bigblog - due to family, friends, workmates etc frequenting - but hey! thats what I initially set it up for!

I'll start with some Adelaide news - for those that havent been here the city has a small water feature running through it - hubby rides his bike to work along it and was commenting it was starting to go a little green - on the verge of an algal bloom he thought.

Well overnight, something went very wrong mechanically and it was drained....oops

I don't know about you but I 'blog' in my mind ALL day long - funny, witty stuff that gets lost the minute I sit at the PC - and I can only Facebook from my phone so that doesnt help!

I have to admit - I am a little 'twisted' , bit 'obsessive' maybe, can I say the "D" word - well I did the BeyondBlue test a while back and just scraped in..... No reason to be I should add....

This is my 'mental' blog - should probably print it out for future medical appointments!

  • I love buyin new cleaning products/tools but don't get around to doing much cleaning....
  • I can't stop buying Super Food Ideas - but rarely cook anything new for dinner (I think I have every issue every printed)
  • I also love stationery/home organisational 'things' but am very, very far from being organised.
  • I continually food shop, but there appears nothing to eat past that nights dinner
  • Have a wardrobe full of clothes - but nothing to wear (I'm not alone with this I bet)
There is soooo much more, but to write down will be admitting to my procrastination and sheer laziness (I think I have just diagnosed myself!)

Anyway, I have to have 3 weeks off of work soon - my plan is to get on top of this 'stuff'. I am also a hoarder/clutterer so hopefully removing some of this will free up my mental clutterness and give me a clearer mind.....lets hope anyway....

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday cruising !

James continuously scours his favourite book, the street directory, and knows most of the highway, bi-way and route numbers in the state. He has a fascinating mind (at times)
Anyways, he decided he wanted to check out this random road, in the foothills, and given the arrival of a cool change (and the fact we had hardly been out in a fortnight) I gave in.
Well the road, was more of a lane, unsealed but with a quirky enough name to get his attention - Hannaford Hump road. After this rough encounter we found ourselves at Humbug Scrub, on the way to the Barossa - dont get excited, me and 2 kids - no drinking!
Well I got completely lost, and it brought home just how dry the Adelaide surrounds were - I tell you I wouldnt have been on those roads if it was hotter or windier! Some of the trees were already very blackened.
We were in the Para Wirra National park it turns out - but couldnt entice him out of the car to visit the Wildlife Sanctuary or the Whispering Wall - both would have been good fun!

"The fascinating Whispering Wall has unique acoustic effects that allow you to whisper at one end, and have a friend hear your whisper more than 100 metres away. Children in particular love visiting the wall and testing its abilities.

The Whispering Wall is in fact a retaining wall for the Barossa Reservoir and provides a scenic view of the reservoir. A collection of water supply heritage items is also on display"

We had plenty of time for lots of conversation - when asked whether James knew the words to the National Anthem - his response was "I am an Australian, I just stand there! "

Had to laugh (and laugh) but Lauren just got car sick!!! Note to self - give her a quells before embarking on windy road adventures......

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Joy and sorrow.....

Dont we live in a country of extremes....

While we are thoroughly, thoroughly enjoying the drop of temps (by 20 degrees) my joy quickly ended this morning (even though there was evidence of a drop of rain)

Heard the news about the fires in Victoria, and the joy dried up immediately......

Could you imagine not only being a volunteer firefighter, in 40 plus weather, in those suits, not getting much sleep, all those awful conditions......and then to lose your own house.....just heard about it. And then, you may have discovered some people that didnt make it....

And then there is all that flooding in Queensland - if we could dump some of their water over Victoria it would at least be put to good use!

I stopped whinging about our 2 weeks of extreme weather after the first few days.....I was lucky we had power, the kids had reasonable conditions at school, we could escape to our airconditioned offices.... We got used to it.....

I helped another family from school out each day, who dont have a car, and felt good in that I could make their day a little easier.....

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Retail (air-con) therapy....

For those in the know, the bathroom work continues.....but the retail work hasnt been completed either....

We were still using our Engagement present towels....very sad since we have been married almost 13 years....so when we were away recently, went to Kadina Target Country during their post Christmas sales....good thing to do on holiday - only way to get hubby there.....anyways, we got some lovely 'denim' coloured towels and many accessories for the new bathroom....

Time for a vinyl backed bathmat......very difficult to find, but did so today for under $20 AND the correct colour and all....

PROBLEM though, ended up spending $150 at Big W and then a further $50 at Cheap As Chips! Expensive morning out - not sure whether to share all that with hubby.....

Managed to get an undercover carpark which was a real treat too......the car air-con is fantastic.....mmmm could drive around all day....

Was going to hop in the pool when I got home, but the power had 'tripped' and as I was down the side of the house the 'clean up crew' reversed down the driveway - sooo lucky they didnt catch me in my very sad swimmers!!!!

Weather report for Adelaide - Day 7 of 40c plus......